The Citrix XML Service at address has failed the background health check

When implementing a new Storefront 3.7 server, I encountered an issue with communication failures between the Storefront and out XenApp 6.5 farms. Intermittedly, applications from these farms would not enumerate. The following events were logged in the event log repeatedly, indicating transient connectivity issues;

The Storefront server had been built following Carl Stalhood’s excellent Storefront build guide, which includes several non-default configuration recommendations. As I was not experiencing the issue on our existing Storefront 3.0 servers, I was led to thinking that perhaps one of these changes was the source. While researching the issue, I found a Citrix support forum thread in which a user recommended turning off socket pooling in order to aid in troubleshooting the connectivity issues, which set me to thinking.

A quick look at my config confirmed that, yes, socket pooling was enabled as per the build guide recommendation. In addition, in the Event Log there were messages that I had overlooked before;

Aha. Something odd is going on there.

So, I disabled socket pooling in the settings of all the stores configured on the Storefront sever. This has caused the messages above to stop being logged, and I have not have the symptoms reoccur since, so I believe the issue is solved.

Obviously there is something not quite right happening with socket pooling and communication with XenApp 6.5 farms – but our environment is not large enough for socket pooling to be required, and thus this is a good enough solution in my case. If you have this problem and require socket pooling to be enabled, I suggest opening a case with Citrix Support for investigation and proper resolution.

Juno

I’m pretty sure that I had decided before watching Juno that I didn’t like it. It wasn’t a conscious thing, but in retrospect I was definitely not looking forward to watching this movie. Which is probably why its been a month since I watched a List movie, come to think of it. I was wrong though – Juno was a pleasant surprise.

So many of the characters in this movie seemed like archetypal caricatures at first glance. Every time a new person came on screen, I made that first impression snap judgement, and the movie consistently spent about five minutes allowing me to think my assumption was right before beginning to add nuance to them and make them into a real person. It was a neat trick, and I’m a sucker for falling for it literally every time.

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Good:

  • The store clerk has a very punchable face. And voice. And manner.
  • Hamburger phone
  • McMansion Montage
  • I kept looking for a character to hate but couldn’t find one
  • ‘When will you guys learn that tots can’t ice skate?’

Bad:

  • ‘Honest to blog’
  • Michael Cera, as that one character Michael Cera always plays.
  • Ding Dong Ditch
  • ‘Thunder cats are go!’

A Scanner Darkly

At first, I wasn’t sure I liked the gimmick of this movie, the veneer of cell shaded animation over the top of film. But, I got used to it, and overall it fits the tone and fuzzed perceptions of the main character really well. As stylistic choices go, it was risky but it paid off. I don’t think I would have liked this story nearly as much if it had been presented in live action. It would have been a little too gritty I think, and that is an aspect of heavily drug related movies that usually irks me.

Post production must have been hell though. Obviously this started off as a cell shading filter over film, but there was a lot of handwork in the crafting of the final product, and it shows.

What a plot though. I surmised that this had to have been based off a book – movies this odd are almost always based on a book. Certain things, like the way the camouflage suits work, just don’t get written for screen. Pragmatism gets in the way. Fiction authors are not so restrained.

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Good:

  • Everyone wants the (substance) D.
  • Animated Keanu
  • The one monologue (probably from the book) which had to go into the movie unaltered
  • Grim dystopic twist ending
  • The dedication at the end. Ouch, my feels.

Bad:

  • That is a very complicated way of making someone unidentifiable
  • Cell shaded breasts
  • This might be a third type of stoner movie, somewhere between the two extremes
  • Sex scene in an animated movie